The Litany of Hope
Inspired by the life of Kory Turpin
I will not fear Cancer.
Cancer is my teacher. Cancer will teach me to be patient, kind and loving. Cancer will not make me shut to this world but rather to open more. Cancer forces me to live today because tomorrow can no longer be taken for granted.
I will not fear the consequences of Cancer.
I know in my heart that as long as a life is filled with love it has been well lived. I know I have tried my utmost to live this life well. That I have failed at points does not matter- that I will persist on loving in the face of any adversity is what transforms me.
I will suffer gracefully.
It is inevitable that I will suffer. But how I choose to suffer, how I attempt to live that suffering is what will determine the strength of my character. And I choose to suffer gracefully, I choose for my suffering to have meaning, I choose for my suffering to be helpful and holy. I will never suffer unnecessarily.
I will choose to be happy.
The length of my life is not under my control. But how I live my days is. And I choose to be happy, to not worry, and because I choose it firmly this makes it true. I will share this happiness with everyone I meet, because happiness shared is doubled. I share happiness because it increases my own joy, and makes this world a better place.
I will surrender to life.
To surrender to life is to see this world as a wondrous place. Surrender is not a dove, but a lion. Peace and acceptance are the tools of the truly powerful. To fight is to be contained in a struggle; to surrender is to go above the struggle. I choose to surrender and with that choice I free myself.
I conquer death by smiling.
The only power death has is fear. And because I am free of fear, I smile. And when I smile no matter what happens to me- I win.
Nikhil Joshi, October 19/2013.